This precious tea is harvested from venerable tea plants that are over 90 years old. Zairai is an unmodified varietal expressing individuality. Each plant of this zairai tea field bears leaves of different sizes which is visible in the tea. Since the water content of the leaves is naturally low, they are harvested in the very early morning while still wet with dew, one of many considered decisions the farmer makes in seeking premium flavor. The 2020 harvest shows a superb balance of flavor, making it an attractive tea for connoisseurs.
Cultivar: Native species of Gokase in Miyazaki Prefecture
Harvest May 2020
Net Weight: 50g
This is how we brew this tea at Tearoom Toka. We offer these guidelines as a reference. Variations in water (hard or soft), leaf and water quantity, water temperature, and steeping time will effect the final flavor. Feel free to experiment and find the brew that best suits your taste.
Temperature: starting from 60°C
Time: 40 sec
Add the tea leaves to a pre-warmed teapot. When the boiled water has cooled to the desired temperature, add and steep for the selected time. When pouring, the key is to decant each infusion down to the last drop. From the second infusion on, gradually raise the temperature of the hot water and shorten the extraction time. You may increase the amount of water as well.